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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Twenty bucks + stacks of Vanity Fair magazines = New Faux Headboard/Artwork! on: June 01, 2008 09:34:12 PM
Yes I hate not having a headboard because the paint behind the bed gets all rubbed-off and shiny (this is especially true if you live in an apartment where they use the cheapest paint imaginable).

That is a great idea, not just for above the bed but for art anywhere on the walls. Very chic.

PS. Your cat looks obese, LOL  Wink
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: My Skittle Wrapper Prom Dress-(now with tons of pics!)- on: June 01, 2008 09:29:39 PM
OH MY GOD IT'S JUNO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I skimmed through this thread and it doesn't look like anybody else said it....You look so much like the actress from Juno, Ellen Page!

You know what other movie she starred in? HARD CANDY!

OMG I can't get over it you could be her twin.

Anyway congratulations on your dress it's one in a million. It's wonderful! Great shoes too.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where to look for interior design ideas? on: June 01, 2008 08:12:09 PM
I like to browse online furniture stores. On some sites, with every item there is an option to "view item in a room" then you click on it and see a whole designed room with the item in it. Usually I don't so much care about the item itself (cuz it's so expensive, LOL) but I like seeing the rooms all done up it gives me ideas

One site that comes to mind is westelm.com

But I know there are more sites out there that have their website set up like this, so you can view entire rooms to get ideas.

A good place to start might be wists.com
Search for "furniture" or other keywords even "interior design" or "home or room makeover" stuff like that.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Make up holder (image Heavy on: April 16, 2008 03:24:56 AM
hahaha I reuse Ferrero Roche boxes too. OMG those candies are good, you have impeccable taste! I don't have a sweet tooth, but I can't resist those wonderful things!  I have two easter edition egg-shaped boxes that I need to find a purpose for.

Is there anywhere else you could keep it besides the top of the toilet, though? You know when you flush the toilet germs and particles of feces can travel up to six feet in any direction...and you got your makeup brushes right on the toilet tank.

Ever since I learned that, there are no exposed cosmetics or brushes in my bathroom of any kind, ESPECIALLY toothbrushes, LOL!

PS I admire you for being able to utilize so many different colors. I've never been that good with makeup.
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: BBQ Shredded Pork Sandwiches on: April 16, 2008 03:11:42 AM
I am so going to try this.

usually I make pork, even in the crockpot. We eat a few servings then the rest sits in the fridge and goes to waste.

I'm going to try this bold approach, I promise you!

Thanks!
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / newbie - how do you toast buns? on: April 16, 2008 03:06:23 AM
When you make hamburgers, sandwiches, or whatever...... how do you toast the buns?

It may sound very stupid but I've always had problems with this. The toaster is not an option because it smooshes the bread. I've tried toasting in the same pan as I cooked the meat but that turns out horrible even if I wipe all the meat juices and fat out of the pan.

Am I supposed to do it in the oven? I've tried that too, and it only made the bread hard. What temp and how long? Am I supposed to use the broiler?

I know I must sound like an idiot, but everytime I try to toast buns it's a disaster.

I don't have a grill, btw.

Can you all just post your methods for toasting buns and bread? Real simple thing that this real simple girl keeps failing at, LOL
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: stop that dog from crawling under! on: April 16, 2008 02:56:13 AM
Sprinkle cayenne pepper all under your bed? Buy it at any grocery store.

If it gets wet it could stain carpet (red), but hopefully under your bed is not a place that would be soaked for any reason.....

It stings their nose (no permanent damage, no real harm done) but keeps them away. Many people employ this technique in their flower beds and such.

You could also try white pepper which is of course white. But I dunno how well that works.

I wouldn't do this unless I had a nice alternative place for the doggy to crash, and it seems yours likes a roof over his head. What about CRATE, or a tented doggie bed?

I'm not a dog person nor a cook, but I imagine that you'd need to periodically wipe up the old pepper and sprinkle down some new. I can't imagine this not working. But I wonder how the bedroom would smell?

Still, I'd give it a try.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dog Food - Any Suggestions? on: April 16, 2008 02:49:06 AM
Raw chicken bones are safe for dogs? Well knock me over with a feather.....

He's stopped throwing up - it happened once or twice, and it seems now that his stomach has definatly settled. And he is looking and acting happy and healthy.

Which is great Smiley

I'm going to look at feeding him more natural foods, rather than tinned. I was wondering if anyone out there has any recipies or ideas for dogs/puppies?? I'm going to start him on chicken wings (raw), and see how he goes.

I hate to harp on you but you really should see a vet. It's true that switching up foods upsets the stomach and can cause barfing. But on top of that you are trying to get into a raw diet.

You should't try it on your own. Research it on the internet and please do see a vet. It's hard enough for a dog to be switched around so much, even harder when you plan to switch to raw like it's no big deal. If you plan to go all raw you will probably need some kind of supplements, especially with a puppy! A bowl full of chicken wings is not going to do it... and supplements are not cheap. What you spend on meat plus supplements may well cost MORE than it would be to put your dog on a quality kibble. I hope also that you know how to brush your dog's teeth and he allows it, because all canned or all raw diet tends to leave teeth nasty and they need more care than dogs who are fed dry kibble. I just feel you need to put more thought into this.,,

Is that even safe? I know raw chicken bones are NOT safe for dogs. If you COOK chicken for a very long long time the bones may turn to mush and supposedly do not cause a problem. But you're talking about giving your dog raw chicken bones? WHAT?

I know it's cheaper to get info free online and no offense to anyone who posted in this thread, but the truth is they are not vets. Your dog's diet is a big deal and you should treat it as such, especially if you're going raw. See a vet.

In the meantime, I know Rachael Ray is a dog freak and has many dog recipes on her websites (though they are more for treats or occasional meals, not steady diets). But the recipes are still fun and some of them are even good for humans to eat (supposedly).

Final thought: Why are you so against kibble? It's not more unnatural than canned stuff....
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: dog rubbed raw by harness on: April 16, 2008 02:35:44 AM
Try not using a harness so much. What is your reason for leaving the harness on so long? Harnesses are not meant to be permanent collars. Unlike a collar, a harness hits at several points so when the dog runs and plays and moves in any way, it's going to rub a little bit, every single minute. A collar is just on the neck and doesn't go anywhere. Hence, less rubbing.

Leave a collar on the dog with his tags, then add the harness whenever you go out. There are collars available that are soft, or that are lined with that fluffy sheep stuff. If you don't want to buy one, you could buy a normal collar (leather or nylon) and glue a strip of fluffy sheep to the inside.

I don't know how well felt would work but I'd certainly try before I went out and bought fluffy sheep material, heh.

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Toys for my Parakeets? on: April 16, 2008 02:18:27 AM
Cat jingle balls are fine, as long as you are sure the little jingly part can't escape the holes. Budgies are probably too small to break the plastic, but if they could manage to get the jingly part out of the ball then it would be trouble because they are usually made with toxic stuff including lead.

Birdsnways is a good site but do be careful. I have read the entire site and MANY MANY MANY of their toy tutorials are quite out-of-date and dangerous (this is understandable because the site has been around for a looooong time). For example, many of the toys are made with wire coat hangers, which are extremely toxic to birds.

Don't let that turn you off of the site, just be cautious and use common sense before giving a toy to your bird. And remember that metal is not the only toxic thing you can give a bird.

Birdsafe.com is a great site to read about hazards to birds!!! Take the time and read the site.

You can get tons of stuff to make toys at the dollar store or walmart. HOWEVER it is a risk because nearly everything comes from China and much of the plastic doo-hickeys you find in those shops could contain lead. Not saying they do, I'm saying they COULD, and for a budgie it only takes the teeny-tiniest amount of heavy metal to poison the bird. Even the WOOD from China (grapevines, wreathes, baskets, etc) has likely been sprayed with pesticides and chemicals so that the boats don't get infested.

To be honest, at the end of the day it's up to you and how much of a risk you want to take on your bird. Me, I'm cautious but not overly paranoid. I know there is no possible way to avoid ALL risks in life Smiley

The best resource I've found for toy ideas is Ebay (lots of little indie businesses selling their handmade toys) and bird message boards. I don't know if I should post a bunch of bird message boards here, that might be tacky to link to other boards, I dunno. But I will PM you a list if you want it. Most bird message boards have subforums for toy discussion and DIY.

I've only owned bigger parrots so I don't have any specific ideas for such a small bird. I have read some great ideas on those boards, though.

I hope you don't take this as a lecture, I'm only trying to help.

One thing that small birds (and cats!) love is plastic drinking straws put through a pencil sharpener. It makes the straw into a curly, springy spiral. Some birds just like plain straight straws, and they will spend their time weaving the straw through the bars of the cage. Or you could stuff a straw with tiny treats like sunflower seeds or bits of millet finely chopped veggies, and watch the bird squeeze and shake trying to get the treats out.

I have a few more ideas for little birds...
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